The Harvard University Department of Music, together with the Harvard Library and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, plans a series of events  celebrating the life and legacy of groundbreaking music historian Eileen Southern. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Southern’s landmark work, The Music of Black Americans (W. W. Norton), a now-legendary text that represents an historic intervention into the European-dominated field of musicology and helped to launch the field of Black music studies.  Please join us in celebrating Southern and her work during the 2021-22 academic year!

 

Eileen Southern's The Music of Black Americans (first edition, 1971)Eileen Southern's The Music of Black Americans (second edition, 1983)Eileen Southern's The Music of Black Americans (third edition, 1997)